- This is one of the largest ever US state’s Governor delegation to visit India
- Both states talked on sister to sister ties for mutual cooperation
- LPU to sign the MoU with US universities in the area of research
In a significant development marking the role of international collaborations in the growth saga of the state, a high level Governor’s Delegation from Iowa State (USA) met Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab. Visit of the delegation to Punjab was co-ordinated and planned by Lovely Professional University (LPU). The delegation has come to collaborate and to establish sister to sister ties in the realms of higher education, agriculture, animal husbandry, and industry with Punjab state.
The 21 member delegation of which has so far been one of the biggest delegations by a US state government to India, comprised of bigwigs of the state from various disciplines. The delegation is being headed by Craig A. Lang, CEO & President of Iowa Board of Regent and includes William Howard Northey (Secretary of Agriculture, Iowa), Joan Ann Conrad (Executive Director, Iowa Utilities Board); Wendy Kay Winter (Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – Iowa State University), Dr. Barry (Pro Vost and Vice President of University of Iowa) and others.
Like Punjab, Iowa also has significant agriculture centric economic base, and this makes the latter an ideal model for economic progress for Punjab to emulate. The governments of both sides are expected to sign a MoU in various fields of possible cooperation. A draft MoU has already been prepared on this issue, and the same was discussed. The memorandum will finally may be enforced during Governor of Iowa’s visit to India in September.
On this significant development, Hon’ble Chief Minister while interacting with delegation said: “It is a red flag day for Punjab as in all of my five tenures, as CM I have never met such a big delegation from US and it’s a privilege for Punjab to receive such a delegation here.” He mentioned that he is very keen about setting up sister to sister ties between Punjab state and Iowa State. He added as both the states have a lot in common, including strong thrust on agriculture and education. He asked the delegation to support Punjab State to help in crop diversification and rotation. He also said that he would be personally sending the invitation to the Governor of Iowa State to visit Punjab during his visit to India in September. He also personally lauded LPU for inviting such a delegation to Punjab. Punjab Government shared the gifts; a book on IOWA was also given to CM by the delegation.
Craig A. Lang, CEO & President of Iowa Board of Regents, who is heading the delegation, mentioned “We are very happy to visit in Punjab for the first time and are very impressed with the infrastructure as well as the agricultural contribution to India. He said that he agrees with CM that Iowa & Punjab are perfect fit to work together. He also mentioned that their team is keen to establish relationship and keep the dialogue open so as to make this meeting an action and target oriented exercise.
Other members present on the occasion were Financial Commissioner (Development), Principal Secretary Higher Education, Principal Secretary Agriculture, Principal Secretary Animal Husbandry and other senior IAS officers.
In his statement Mr. Ashok Mittal, Chancellor LPU stated, “We are happy to contribute to the development of Punjab and ensuring that the delegation visits the rich soils of the state. On the education sector we have already started working in the area of research with Iowa state though the MoU that we signed last year with the Pharmacy department of the University of Iowa, which is among the top 5 Universities of the world in the area of pharmacy. We also look forward to work with the other universities of Iowa in future. He added that with this delegation coming to Punjab state and meeting the Hon'ble Chief Minister, more state wise benefits in other sectors can easily be achieved.
The delegation after the meeting with Chief Minister headed to LPU where they would be spending two days to further find areas of mutual cooperation.